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FIELD OF VISION : BEIJING
September 9 – 28 2006
Opening: September 16 at 15:00
Symposium: September 15 from 15:00 – 18:00

Beijing New Art Projects
798 Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Road
Chaoyang District, Beijing
100015 China

CURATORS:
Gao Brothers (China), Marcel Hager (Germany), Stephan Hausmeister (UK)

FEATURED ARTISTS:
Cang Xin (China), Paul Dacey (USA), Alison Dalwood (UK), Liu Fei (China), Lu Feifei (China), Helen Marshall (UK), Miao Xiaochun (China), Huang Rui (China), Ji Sheng Li (China), Sam Jury (UK), Jenny Kao Yuan (Taiwan - USA), Kazuaki Tanahashi (Japan), Michael Wright (UK), QingQing (China), Yefu (China), Zheng Lianjie (China)

Beijing New Art Projects, situated in the fashionable ‘Factory 798’ Art District of Beijing, was the venue for the first Asian staging in the ‘Field-of-Vision’ global art project. 'Field of Vision : Beijing' presented a freeze-frame slice through the multiple perspectives of the many real and imagined contemporary Chinas. This immense wall-based installation was constructed from a skillfully edited assemblage of uncensored ‘visual blogs’ collected worldwide over the Internet following a highly successful call for submissions.

'Field of Vision : Beijing' was the result of a year long collaboration between Chinese photography and performance artists the Gao Brothers and Stephan Hausmeister. The Beijing field reflects a unique local situation at a fixed point in time, including its relationships to global issues and perceptions, both positive and dissonant.

SYMPOSIUM
The symposium held on Friday 15 September included video interviews with Chinese artists, artist’s talks, and an open discussion. These presentations are the result of an ongoing critical investigation into the current boom in Chinese artistic production and the position of Beijing specifically, including the rapid emergence of the ‘Factory 798’ Art District into the international limelight. Through a diversity of content and views the symposium raised and challenged a number of critical perspectives on China and the West today, highlighting the need for further critical debate.

PROJECT DIRECTOR:
Stephan Hausmeister / UK

DEVELOPMENT & FUNDING:
Alison Dalwood / UK

THEORY & CONTEXT:
Malcolm Ferris / UK

SUPPORTED BY:
Goethe-Institute Beijing (China)
Greenwood Global Media, New York (USA)
INM-Institute for New Media, Frankfurt a.M. (Germany)
University of Hertfordshire (UK)

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